Can anyone tell me how a person pre-stretches strings to say 300lbs when they're making them? Is there some kind of device that can be made to do that? The string jigs I've seen don't have that ability.
I have a set of plans on how to build the jig I made. I'll start a thread later in the DIY.Those prices are a bit stiff for my thin wallet, plus I like to make stuff. I made a serving jig when the idler serving on my string tore up and it worked great. That got me to wondering how difficult it would be to make strings. I found out how to make a string jig, but the pre-stretching part had me stumped.
So you stretch AFTER the string is done and served??? How do you know how much shorter to make it so it will stretch out to spec?
For about $50 you can get the Yellowstone Stretcher. Add about $15 for some strut and you can build most strings.
You would need to add one of the compression springs on it to get exactly 300 lbs. But it's a lot less expensive than the more elaborate jigs.
One problem that I have with the Yellowstone stretcher is that the hooks are 3/8". This makes it hard to make the smaller loops that look better with some of the cams.
Just for the record, I'd get a Little Jon in a minute if I could afford it. It really is a better jig than anything else available for building strings at home.
I'm a little puzzled. I can't figure out how to use the springs. Could you explain?home depot has screendoor springs rated @ 325lbs under $10.00,thats here in the midwest anyway.